Lao, a two-time USC All-American tennis player values her time competing at the collegiate level and wants to share her experiences. The book makes a perfect gift for those enrolled in, or training for, college sports. It’s also great reading for fans who are curious about life on campus as a coll ege athlete.
Lao often jotted down important thoughts into a small notebook she kept. She also grew up reading autobiographies of great, professional athletes. She came to the conclusion that college sports were under represented and often times overshadowed by professional sports. The conclusion planted the seed of a possible book…somewhere down the road.
After expressing interest in writing a book, a former professor advised Lao to blog her thoughts. Lao followed the advice.
Then, Lao would try her hand at professional tennis. An Atlanta-based tennis writer, Rick Limpert would read her blog and suggested she write a book for college athletes.
“Since writing a book had always been in the back of my mind, it did not take much convincing and in a matter of a few e-mails I was all in to work together with Rick,” explained Lao.
Initially, readers may assume the book is an autobiography, but Lao says she feels unworthy of an autobiography. “Writing the book has been one of the most humbling experiences of my life,” said Lao.
“By sifting through my brain for all the values I had learned," continued Lao. " I became more and more amazed at what the college experience has done for me. The book is intended to commend and honor all (past, present, and future) student athletes and those who get behind them that make college sports as special as it is. It really is the invaluable experience, and I feel incredibly privileged to have been a part of it. "